The Adult Education Institution Dante was founded in 1991 and it offers a variety of regional and international adult education workshops, courses, and programmes for foreign language learning, teacher training, transferable skills training, entrepreneurship and management training, as well as language and vocational courses for migrants.
We have about 300 adult attendees of foreign language learning courses per year and 12 employees. Our Institution is well-established and our educational programmes are designed to respond to the needs of modern society, contributing to the sustainable development of adult education at the regional, national and European level. In 2011, the Institution was awarded by the Croatian Agency for Mobility and European Projects and the European Commission for raising the level of competence of learning foreign languages.
The Institution closely cooperates with state institutions – the Ministry of Science and Education, the Agency for Vocational Education and Training and Adult Education, and the Croatian Agency for Mobility and European Projects. In addition to national cooperation, Dante has considerable experience in international cooperation and partnerships, carrying out European projects since 2009. Dante has participated in the Lifelong Learning Programme, the Erasmus+ Programme (in 5 KA1 projects and 8 KA2 projects so far) and the European Social Fund (in cooperation with the Educators' Centre Association from Hungary). Dante also became an ordinary member of the European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA) in 2017.
Dante has hosted and organised numerous international meetings, training events, and conferences related to adult education. Two of our conferences were partially funded by the Central European Initiative (CEI) action plan and focused on key issues related to adult education in Croatia: the connection between adult education and the labour market (2016), and the professional identity of adult educators (2017). Moreover, Dante is the organiser of the 2018 ESREA conference of the Between Global and Local: Adult Learning and Communities (BGL-ALC) Research Network on 2030 education goals and adult learning.